In Boston, the dirty cop Nick hides gold that he has stolen from drug-dealers with his partner Hayes in the backyard of his house. However, on the next morning, Nick tells Hayes that he will deliver the evidence to the police since he loves his wife Julia and he could not face her acting that way. Nick and Hayes are assigned to a raid against a dangerous gang and unexpectedly Hayes kills Nick. Nick is drawn by a tunnel and based on his previous experience in the police department, he is assigned in the afterlife by the Proctor to join the Rest in Peace Department that protects the living world from the undead and work with the old-fashioned agent Roy. Roy and Nick accidentally find that Hayes in plotting a scheme to revert the sense of the tunnel to the afterlife and bring the Apocalypse to Earth.Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
When Nick goes to find Julia on her evening jog at the high school, we first see her jogging in lane 3 of the track, just rounding the corner. The following second, we see her from another angle showing her in lane 4 and about 60 yards farther down the track. See more »
You think *you've* had a bad day at work? I think I got you beat.
[big fat monster guy crashes through]
That's not me.
[Roy taking chase]
Nope, that's my partner.
There I am. Three or four days ago, I didn't know this world existed. But three or four days ago, I wasn't in the Rest In Peace Department...
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As the primary cast is first being shown, the names are accompanied by images relevant to their characters: Roy's ten-gallon hat, Proctor's white boots, Hayes' St. Christopher's medal, etc. See more »
Try It Again
Written by Nicholaus Arson (as Randy Fitzsimmons)
Performed by The Hives
Courtesy of Polydor Ltd. (U.K.)
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises See more »
Far better than the critics claim
Yes, it's formulaic in some areas. As a writer, I could see several of the plot elements more or less from the beginning. But this movie isn't intended to be complex, or at an "Avenger" level in terms of characterization. It's just plain good summer fun, with an interesting cast and a lot of laughs. Jeff Bridges is priceless, and he & Ryan Reynolds work well together. Ryan, with his trademark choirboy looks and deadpan delivery, is definitely watchable. Mary Louise Parker, with a scarily perky character who gets to chew the scenery with a load of offbeat lines, is wonderful as the Proctor.
Some reviewers seem to insist on portraying the film as a poor man's ripoff of Men In Black, or Ghostbusters. It's neither. It's just a fun, wisecracking film based on a well known genre comic from independent publisher Dark Horse. Go, have some popcorn, laugh a lot, and enjoy the summer.
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